SAN FRANCISCO -- Wary of aggravating Brian Wilson's temperamental throwing elbow, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that the Giants' closer will not pitch for the brief, two-game remainder of the season.Wilson, 29, spent Aug. 16-Sept. 18 on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. He pitched twice since being activated, converting his lone save opportunity. But it became obvious during the late innings of San Francisco's 3-1 victory over Colorado on Monday that Wilson was not available to pitch. Instead of warming up as Colorado rallied in the eighth inning, he didn't budge from the dugout. "I don't see the point of throwing Brian out there," Bochy said. "It's the old risk-versus-reward adage. Let's go ahead and shut him down and rest him." Wilson declined comment as he left the Giants clubhouse. "I'm not going to talk about myself," he said. Wilson is guaranteed $8.5 million next season in the final season of a two-year contract extension. A three-time National League All-Star, Wilson also began the season on the DL with a strained left side. He converted 36 saves in 41 opportunities, finishing 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA.
Bochy bringing back coaching staff for '12
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday that he intends to bring back his entire coaching staff for the 2012 season.Though the coaches have not signed contracts, Bochy said that he has approached each one about returning. "They've done a great job and I appreciate what they do for me," Bochy said after the Giants' 3-1 victory over the Rockies. Some speculation surrounded the job security of hitting coach Hensley Meulens, given the Giants' offensive struggles. The reigning World Series champions entered Monday ranked last in the National League in scoring. Nevertheless, Meulens will be back for his third season at his post. Citing the numerous injuries that decimated San Francisco's lineup, Bochy said, "Bam Bam [Meulens] worked hard. He was relentless trying to get [the offense] straight." Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the Giants' leading hitter, echoed Bochy. "We didn't do well on offense, but it's not his fault that we don't do a great job," Sandoval said of Meulens. "He's working hard." Continuity has been a hallmark of the Giants' staff. Bench coach Ron Wotus will return for his 14th consecutive season on the Major League staff, extending his run as the longest-tenured coach in franchise history. Pitching coach Dave Righetti will log his 13th straight year, while bullpen coach Mark Gardner and bullpen catcher Bill Hayes each will be back for their 10th seasons. Third-base coach Tim Flannery, who joined the Giants' staff when Bochy succeeded Felipe Alou as manager before the 2007 season, will return for his sixth year. First-base coach Roberto Kelly is coming back for his fifth season. "I'm happy because we're going to have the same guys here," Sandoval said. "They know the team."
Sandoval may not need shoulder surgery
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval's strained left shoulder might not require offseason surgery, as originally anticipated, but the Giants' Panda will have plenty to keep him busy this winter.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he expected Sandoval would be able to recover over the offseason with rest and plenty of rehab, and he hopes the third baseman will repeat the offseason conditioning program that helped improve his performance this year.
"That might have came out a little stronger than what I meant for it to be," Bochy said. "When a guy is having some troubles with his shoulder and he can't play against left-handed pitching, the question was: Could there be surgery? That's always the case. I think we're pretty confident that he won't need it by resting it and rehabbing it quite a bit, that he'll be fine."
Sandoval might be staying busy this offseason with a trip to Taiwan, however, joining the team of Major Leaguers going overseas this November to play against the Chinese Taipei National Team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series.
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the plan Thursday and will reveal the coaching staff and roster in October.
When asked if Sandoval would play winter ball, Bochy responded, "I don't think so." He said he has yet to discuss the Taiwan trip with Sandoval, but he doesn't expect any other Giants to be involved.
Bochy: Gillaspie could be in mix in 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Add Conor Gillaspie to the list of players who might be considered to provide depth at second base for the Giants.Gillaspie, San Francisco's selection in the compensation round (37th overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, took grounders at second and received some instruction from bench coach Ron Wotus before batting practice Monday at AT&T Park. The 24-year-old has played 367 Minor League games at third base, nine at first and two in left field. Pablo Sandoval's presence lengthens Gillaspie's odds of establishing himself with the Giants as a third baseman.
Manager Bruce Bochy likes how Gillaspie, a September callup, has handled the bat. Gillaspie entered Monday batting only .231 (3-for-13), but he's yet to strike out in 15 plate appearances. He's 2-for-8 as a pinch-hitter."I think he has really made a lot of progress, enough to where I think he's going to make some noise next year," Bochy said of Gillaspie, who hit .297 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs in 124 games this year with Triple-A Fresno. "We'd like to keep his options open if we need a left-handed bat." Bochy reiterated that though the Giants believe Freddy Sanchez will recover sufficiently from his dislocated right shoulder, the possibility that he won't completely heal -- as well as his injury history -- requires them to consider alternatives.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he didn't expect outfielder Cody Ross (strained right hamstring) to play against Colorado unless he specifically made a request to his manager. The Giants will face Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz on Wednesday -- an opportunity in which they would usually use Ross' right-handed bat -- but Bochy made it clear that some Giants won't play this series.
That also includes first baseman Aubrey Huff, whom Bochy said over the weekend wouldn't start the rest of the year in an attempt to further evaluate Brandon Belt and Brett Pill.
Bochy also made it clear that Pill will be in the mix for a spot on the 25-man roster come Spring Training. Pill has hit well since his promotion, going 11-for-41 with two homers and eight RBIs in 12 games. Pill's plate discipline might be a concern to some -- he has drawn only two walks in 43 plate appearances -- but Bochy has been impressed with the 27-year-old first baseman, who batted .312 with a .530 slugging percentage for Triple-A Fresno this year.
"I think he's done a nice job. Not just here, but the last two years he's had," Bochy said. "He's come up here and handled himself well, and he's thrown out some good at-bats. He's going to be contending for a job in Spring Training."